Chick-Fil-A Inc.’s plans for a Twin Cities market rollout are starting to take shape.
The popular Atlanta-based restaurant chain, known for its trademark chicken sandwich, has received planning commission approvals for proposed restaurants in Maple Grove and Coon Rapids.
In Maple Grove, the company is proposing a 4,686-square-foot freestanding restaurant at 11820 N. Fountain Way, just north of the intersection of Interstate 94 and Hemlock Lane. That’s within the Fountains at Arbor Lakes shopping center, where the other tenants include Costco, Lowe’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, REI, DSW Shoes, Marshalls, Benihana and Dave & Buster’s.
Jason Hill, a development manager for Chick-fil-A, told the Maple Grove Planning Commission that the company expects to start construction in spring 2013 with an opening slated for late summer of early fall.
The Maple Grove City Council will consider the plan at its July 16 meeting.
In Coon Rapids, Chick-Fil-A is proposing a 4,876-square-foot freestanding restaurant at 3590 River Rapids Drive, the current site of a Bennigan’s restaurant. The existing building would be demolished to make room for Chick-Fil-A.
Coon Rapids Planner Scott Harlicker said Chick-fil-A plans to start construction next spring. The plan does not require City Council approval.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal first reported last August that Chick-fil-A was scouting the Twin Cities market for real estate in preparation for a 2013 market rollout. Typically when Chick-fil-A enters a market, it opens three to five restaurants within the first year, then ramps up to roughly 25 within five years.
Minnesota presence is at a location that opened at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport earlier this month, and at licensed locations on the University of Minnesota University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University-Mankato campuses.
Chick-Fil-A, based in suburban Atlanta, operates more than 1,600 restaurants nationwide. It had sales of more than $4 billion in 2011. (Source: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)